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U.S. Senate passes public lands bill; Colorado Dems accuse Gardner of ‘greenwashing’

The Great American Outdoors Act passed the Senate by a 73-25 vote Wednesday, a rare bipartisan bill considered a major win for conservation nationwide. “This is a legacy for our public lands,” said...

DATE: June 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Ignacio Creative District kicks into gear after coronavirus delays

The Ignacio Creative District is up and running after two months of delays because of the coronavirus pandemic. Ignacio was accepted into two state community development programs in August 2019....

DATE: June 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Gov. Jared Polis warns Coloradans to keep up COVID-19 guard

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announced this week the state will allow bars to reopen to partial capacity, overnight camps to operate over the summer and indoor events to take place by the end of the...

DATE: June 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

East Canyon Fire southeast of Mancos grows to 2,700 acres

With no chance for precipitation in Southwest Colorado in sight, firefighters working to contain the East Canyon Fire west of Durango are bracing for what could be a long battle. Pam Wilson, a...

DATE: June 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

New fire breaks out near Bondad, south of Durango

Another fire ignited Tuesday afternoon in Southwest Colorado, estimated at 75 acres near Bondad. Durango Fire Protection District Chief Hal Doughty said Tuesday afternoon that the new fire, called...

DATE: June 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata County Commissioner Julie Westendorff to offer phone-in office hours

In an effort to follow public health guidance on social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, La Plata County Commissioner Julie Westendorff has announced the cancellation of in-person office...

DATE: June 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Bayfield has highest census response rates in La Plata County

The Pine River Valley holds the best and the worst 2020 census response rates in La Plata County, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. Coloradans are ahead of the national response rate, with...

DATE: June 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Fort Lewis College announces layoffs, furloughs to trim budget

Twelve employees will be laid off and 11 employees will be furloughed next year in moves Fort Lewis College is taking to trim $1.85 million from the general fund budget. FLC had actually pegged the...

DATE: June 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Armed man arrested after 50-mile chase north of Durango

An armed man has been arrested on suspicion of leading law enforcement on a 50-mile chase over two mountain passes from Silverton to Hermosa with speeds reaching 97 mph. After eluding two sets of...

DATE: June 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

U.S. Highway 160 reopens west of Durango near wildfire

U.S. Highway 160 reopened to traffic around 7:15 p.m. Monday after a 9-mile stretch from Mancos to Cherry Creek (La Plata County Road 105) was temporarily closed because of poor visibility caused...

DATE: June 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Bayfield mourns passing of Jim Harrington, former town marshal

Jim Harrington, who died June 6, was a tall man – both literally and as a figure in the law enforcement community, town of Bayfield and La Plata County. “It seemed like at least a good head above...

DATE: June 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Primary ballots arrive in La Plata County mailboxes

Registered voters in La Plata County should have received mail-in ballots for the upcoming June 30 primary election. Tiffany Parker, La Plata County Clerk & Recorder, said ballots were mailed...

DATE: June 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

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